“A beautiful body perishes, but a work of art dies not.”  – Leonardo da Vinci

What's the DIFF?

… It’s the DaVinci International Film Festival (DIFF), but also a popular question filmmakers ask as they browse and filter through dozens, if not hundreds of film festivals online — what makes DIFF stand out from the others?

As for our brand, the way we see it, is that Leonardo da Vinci was the epitome of the divergent and creative mind— a luminary— and so we aim to recognize much of the same at our festival.

Like many other festivals, we set out to honor the best in independent cinema from around the world, and have expanded our Award Categories to recognize many below-the-liners who largely go unnoticed and unrewarded.  We seek the unsung heroes here at DaVinci. From best in editing, color correction, sound design, to theatrical creative and P&A, just to name a few.  At DIFF, we aim to shine the light on many of those who work silently, yet play an important role in getting projects to this very stage.  DIFF also shines the light on screenwriting through our sister-brand, STORYLINE℠ with our quarterly and annual competitions.  After all, where would any of us be without a story to tell?

DIFF founders are intimately familiar with, and appreciate the full cycle of, independent filmmaking and the demands therein.  From perils of financing, through the distribution of any given work — the process is often complex and unforgiving.  Most of these creative projects can take a short lifetime to complete, and whether or not your work is showcased at DIFF, we want to encourage you to keep pressing forward.

Another standout at DIFF is that we are now offering development Options for our top three (3) unscripted competition winners (per category), which will afford them an amazing opportunity to put their projects in front of networks and industry decision-makers.  In addition, DIFF co-launched the DaVinci Film Institute, and will be donating a portion of our entry proceeds toward a film grant for one duly qualified winner.  Learn more about the Film Institute here.


DIFF hosts a QUARTERLY online festival series for all of our categories.  Winners of the “Vitruvian Award” will be invited to our Live Showcase Event at the end of the calendar year in Santa Monica, where they will compete against other quarterly winners for their shot at our most prized commendation, The Leo.

Films will screen at our red carpet event at the Laemmle Theater for family, friends, and industry professionals, followed by filmmaker Q&A and After Party, where our sponsors will present awards to our winners.

We understand that you have many options in festivals, and we appreciate your interest in the DaVinci International Film Festival. If you have any questions, please feel free to contact us. Good luck!

Thank you for visiting our website.  Come experience the DIFF!

DaVinci International Film Festival